Making a major change in its policy with regards to Chandigarh sports, the UT administration has added games like roller skating, women wrestling, golf and women boxing to its next year’s sports gradation policy. The changes will come into effect from the 2016-17 academic session.
While games like kabaddi and kho-kho have also been added, as many as nine disciplines have been dropped.
Chandigarh roller skating association joint secretary and former international player Harpreet Singh said with the inclusion of rolling skating, a long pending demand of the skaters of the city has been met. “We have great talent and good number of players pursuing the game. Now with the gradation the players will not only get benefits of taking admissions in educational institutes but also in getting jobs,” Harpreet said.
Detailing the struggles of game, which was dropped from the gradation list way back in 1992, Harpreet said that since then the UT skating body has given numerous representations to successive UT administrators and also to various advisers over the years.
“The problem we faced was that till class 10 a player used to play for Chandigarh but since there was no gradation they generally shifted to Punjab or Haryana. So, in a way our loss was their gain and both the states were reaping benefits of Chandigarh’s talent drain. This decision will give a fillip to the game in the city,” Harpreet added.
In another change, the women boxing and wrestling have also been added which earlier specifically mentioned men’s categories for gradations.
Chandigarh wrestling association general secretary Darshan Lal also welcomed the decision and said earlier the women wrestlers had no motivation to pursue the game.
“Either the girls used to give up the game or shift to some other states. This will definitely increase the participation and also improve the performance,” he said. The other game added to the list is golf, which has been consistently producing players at the junior level.
“The recommendations with regards to the changes were made by the committee last year. I will be able to comment further only after going through the notification,” UT joint director sports KS Bharti said.
Swimming, Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoe/Kayak, Cricket, Cycling, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, Rowing, Shooting, Softball, Roller Skating, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wrestling
Games which were droppedDiving, synchronised swimming, water polo, equestrian, modern pentathlon, rugby, sailing and beach volleyball